都是谁在读研

2008/10/03 - Comments Off on 都是谁在读研

来看个漫画:研究生在籍人数与失业率的关系曲线。

很久以前被保送研究生,从周围的情况来看也是差不多前面的同学也都是上硕士研究生,然后再好的继续读博。可到了日本发现,原来好学生都找好工作,找不到工作的才来读研究生呢。不知道国内现在的情况如何,但从考验的受关注程度和激烈程度看,应该还是优胜劣汰吧。看来什么时候大家都不再奔研究生了,什么时候国家的产业界也就是发达了。

老萨说

2008/08/21 - Comments Off on 老萨说

此老萨不是那个被吊的,是国际奥委会前主席,萨马兰奇先生,他老人家昨天接受中央人民广播电台的采访时说了下面的话,被很多媒体放在醒目的位置:

中国人民表现的非常热情,我应该说在我一生当中,我从来没有见过北京这么一个干净的城市。

不知道老人家西班牙语的原话是怎么说的,但翻成汉语后会有两种解释吧。(1)从来没有见过北京象奥运会期间这么干净过;(2)北京是他有生之年见过的最干净的城市。

如果老萨说的是第一个意思,说明老人家还没糊涂,眼睛也没花。但如果是第二个意思,就说明88岁的萨马兰奇已经开始失去记忆了,他现在的记忆可能最多只有10天的时间。

老萨保重哦。

Science聚焦中国环境

2008/08/01 - Comments Off on Science聚焦中国环境

眼看闹运会就要开幕了,中国真的吸引了全世界的目光。这不,继《Nature》做了一个中国特辑之后,最新的《Science》也在它的NewsFOCUS中出了四篇关于中国的报道。Nature的标题是China’s Challenges – 中国的挑战;Science关注的比较具体:CHINA’S ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES – 中国环境的挑战。看来,大家都认为中国面临着严峻的挑战,而且是复数的。

除此之外本期SCIENCE还有几篇文章是介绍闹运会的科学(SCIENCE AT THE OLYMPICS)。

对于那些感兴趣但是没有看Science权限的同学们,我整理了这四篇关于中国环境的文章的PDF文件(2.3Mb),供大家下载。

老板和学生的漫画

2008/07/28 - Comments Off on 老板和学生的漫画

看下面的漫画,相信很多人都会有同感吧。

Nature看中国

2008/07/26 - Comments Off on Nature看中国

最新的一期《Nature》(2008年7月24日)做了一系列围绕中国的文章。专题叫:China’s challenges——中国的挑战。

涉及面非常广,有人口问题,有环境问题,有学术问题,还有最近的地震的研究等等很多文章和观点。我把PDF全文做了整合,对此感兴趣但是不能看Nature全文的同学们可以下载瞅瞅。可以在线看Nature的最后看网上的版本,比印刷的PDF内容还要多写。

科学院的网站反应也很快,对此也做了一个简单的介绍,特别是对《The end of the science superpowers》的要点做了总结。

下载(11.1Mb)

留美预备校的成就

2008/07/14 - Comments Off on 留美预备校的成就

最新的SCIENCE杂志(11 July 2008)的本周新闻里的一篇文章的标题是

U.S. Graduate Training: Top Ph.D. Feeder Schools are now Chinese

文章介绍了美国国家科学基金的统计数据。调查了2006年拿到美国的大学的博士学位的母校(本科在籍学校)情况,结果并不惊人,第一位就是我国最好的留美预备学校:清华,第二位是北大。看下面的图表可以看出近几年的走向,可以看出我们这两所预备校的稳步发展。

eading the pack. Tsinghua and Peking universities top Berkeley in having their graduates complete U.S. doctoral programs.

调查还显示出,美国的博士学位获得者中,有37%是外国人。这从一个侧面反映出美国的人才吸引力,而另一个重要原因是,美国公民可以用学士学位就找到不错的工作,而对外国人来说博士学位对找到一个好工作的帮助比较大。

下面是原文的拷贝:

Science 11 July 2008:
Vol. 321. no. 5886, p. 185
DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5886.185

NEWS OF THE WEEK

U.S. GRADUATE TRAINING:
Top Ph.D. Feeder Schools Are Now Chinese

Jeffrey Mervis

The summer Olympics don’t start until next month. But Chinese universities can already claim gold and silver medals in one important global competition involving institutions of higher learning.

A new study has found that the most likely undergraduate alma mater for those who earned a Ph.D. in 2006 from a U.S. university was … Tsinghua University. Peking University, its neighbor in the Chinese capital, ranks second. Between 2004 and 2006, those two schools overtook the University of California, Berkeley, as the most fertile training ground for U.S. Ph.D.s (see graph). South Korea’s Seoul National University occupies fourth place behind Berkeley, followed by Cornell University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

“The United States is very attractive to Chinese students, and they are certainly taking advantage of the opportunity to study here,” says Judy Sui, director of data for Berkeley’s graduate division. “At the same time, Chinese officials are trying hard to improve their system of higher education so that their students don’t have to go abroad for graduate training.”
The rankings were compiled by the Commission on Professionals in Science and Technology from a survey conducted by the U.S. National Science Foundation. In part, they reflect the fact that 37% of doctoral recipients from U.S. universities are not U.S. citizens. Sui says they also point to the wider choice of good careers available to U.S. students who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree; foreign-born students are more likely to need a Ph.D. to find a good job, she says.

Berkeley still retains its top ranking for the number of undergraduates who went on to earn Ph.D.s over the past 10 years (1997 to 2006). But its total of 4298 isn’t that far ahead of Seoul’s 3420. And Tsinghua and Peking could well surpass their Korean rival in upcoming decadal tallies.